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Yummy in Your Tummy: Top Restaurants to Dine in Encinitas

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Feb 8 9 minutes read

While its name means "Little Oaks", there is nothing little in this county when it comes to culinary escapades. Encinitas has always been known as one of the healthiest, surfiest, and happiest places in the country, and in recent years, a bevy of amazing restaurants, coffee shops, and bars have opened up to enhance your dining experience.

Need to know more? Read on to explore our guide for the top placed to eat in Encinitas!

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1. Swami's Cafe

Address: 4690 Convoy St  Ste 107, San Diego CA 92111

Phone Number: +1 760-944-0612


Rating: 4 stars (153 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Enjoy all day breakfast in this inexpensive San Diego chainlet. With its low-key ambience, feel relaxed as you dine indoors or enjoy the beautiful California weather and take your meal at their outdoor patio. Healthy home cooking is their specialty, with fresh smoothies, wraps, hearty meals like Clam Chowder, plus of course the perennial breakfast staple: pancakes!  And who can refuse delicious all you can drink coffee?

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2. Seaside Market Restaurant

Address: 2087 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea CA 92007

Phone Number: +1 760-753-5445


Rating: 5 stars (221 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Seaside Market is not your typical neighborhood market. Located in the seaside community of Cardiff-by-the-sea, this convenient grocery carries your kitchen essentials plus some of the most gourmet offerings in Southern California. With their great selection of pre-made dinners, salads, an appetizers, you can get delicious food to go. Or grab a seat at their outdoor tables and enjoy their famous Cardiff Crack, their marinated barbecue tri-tip, as dinner cuts or in a sandwich. Vegetarian or just planning on eating healthy? Fresh, local produce is also available for your culinary satisfaction.

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3. The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro

Address: 897 S Coast Highway 101, Suite F-104, Encinitas CA 92024

Phone Number: +1 760-902-2104


Rating: 4.5 stars (206 reviews via TripAdvisor)

If you are ready to try something different, The 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro is for you. A wine lover's paradise, this little shop in Encinitas introduces a daring concept: you pick out your own bottle of wine from the on-site shop and pair it with their amazing California-inspired small plates for a modest corkage fee. A great and affordable wine selection allows you a wide array of choices, and their exquisitely made meals is a feast for any discerning palate.  With its cozy, unpretentious atmosphere and attentive, knowledgeable staff, it has the feel of a neighborhood favorite that never lets you down.

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4. Fish 101

Address: 1468 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024

Phone Number: +1 740-943-6221


Rating: 4.5 stars (367 reviews via TripAdvisor)

A traditional fish house with a twist! This small business offers fresh, fast meals made with their own interpretation of what a traditional West Coast fish house should have. With a seasonal menu that offers only the freshest fish and produce available, you can be sure to indulge your appetite without compromising on flavor. With a no-frills decor and outdoor seating, dining is as relaxed as if you're out fishing!

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5. Trattoria I Trulli

Address: 830 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024

Phone Number: +1 760-943-6800


Rating: 4.5 stars (188 reviews via TripAdvisor)

This quaint roadside trattoria is a local favorite for authentic, casual Italian. Charming and lively, Trattoria I Trulli offers a wide selection of excellent meals at reasonable prices. Try hand made pastas: relish gnocchi, lasagne, or ravioli made fresh daily, from recipes handed down from the owners' mothers. And no Italian meal is complete without a glass of wine. With their well-balanced wine list, you will surely find the perfect pair to your wonderful meal.

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6. Pannikin Coffee and Tea

Address: 510 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024

Phone Number: +1 760-436-0033


Rating: 4.5 stars (185 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Since 1968, this family-owned and operated business has been serving locals and visitors alike with freshly roasted coffee and baked goods daily. Get your morning caffeine boost from their fresh selection of single origin coffees and proprietary blends from around the globe. Their tea list is notable and you will not be disappointed in the wide range of available flavors to choose from. Have your coffee or tea with their freshly baked pastries or their egg salad sandwich. Housed in a stately yellow Victorian building that once served as the Santa Fe train station, this is definitely not your typical coffee shop.

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7. Solace & the Moonlight Lounge

Address: 25 East E St, Encinitas CA 92024

Phone Number: +1 750-753-2433


Rating: 4.5 stars (152 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Experience excellent food and ambience at Solace & The Moonlight Lounge in downtown Encinitas. A proponent of the farm-to-table philosophy, they use and source only the best ingredients for their delicious and unique comfort foods, like the Cheddar and Chive Biscuits served with Orange Honey Butter and Smoked Tomato jam. Drop by and indulge in high quality meats, seafood and cheeses, or visit their upstairs bar for a great night out with friends. Also open during Saturdays and Sundys for brunch, try their The Best "Darn" Buttermilk Cinnamon Rolls, a favorite that will surely have you coming back!

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8. Pacific Coast Grill

Address: Highway 101 Cardiff-by-the-sea, Encinitas CA 92004

Phone Number: +1 760-479-0721


Rating: 4.5 stars (608 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Dine with a view in this spectacular seafood restaurant. The decor features lots of picture windows for a view of the beach, indoor and outdoor seating, balconies and a bar with sunset views.  The extensive menu features lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch offerings that include fresh guacamole and chips, yellow tail stacks, filet mignon, and salmon bruschetta. With so many choices and all food prepared with love and perfection, dining at the new Pacific Coast Grill will be a one-of-a-kind experience!

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9. Blue Ribbon Pizzeria

Address: 897 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024

Phone Number: +1 760-634-7671


Rating: 4.5 stars (146 reviews via TripAdvisor)

This is not your typical pizza place. With their artisanal wood-fired pies hand-crafted and made with local, organic ingredients, elevate your pizza experience to a whole new level. Pair your pie of choice with their craft beer or wine, perfect for going solo or for date night. Pizza not your thing? Go for their meat and cheese plate, or savor the freshest salads. Whichever your choice of main course, the butterscotch pudding dessert is a definite must-have dessert for that true Blue Ribbon experience.  

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10. Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar

Address: 765 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024

Phone Number: +1 760-479-1977


Rating: 4.5 stars (154 reviews via TripAdvisor)

Everything about this restaurant radiates love and harmony. From their tranquil decor to their sweet and peaceful servers, they also have a juice bar that serves a wide selection of fruit smoothies. A husband and wife partnership, the owners wanted a place where families can enjoy meals together regardless of their food preferences, so while the menu is predominantly vegetarian, they also offer many fish, chicken, and turkey options, with a fish special every night. With ingredients locally sourced and carefully selected, you can be sure that eating healthy here will feel good to your heart as well.

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